MERRYMOUNT PRESS. UPDIKE, Daniel Berkeley. LYESKOFF, Nikolai Semyonovitch. ~ The Steel Flea.
One of 300 copies, this copy unnumbered. Translated from the Russian by Isabel F. Hapgood. Printed by Updike at The Merrymount Press. Title page ornaments. 8vo., [13 x 20.5 cms], original half black cloth over blue paper boards, gilt lettering to spine, fore and lower edges uncut. In later cream paper wrapper, hand written titles to spine. A touch toned along edges of boards, some minor rubbing to extremities, offsetting to endpapers, a good copy.
Styled as a Russian folk tale, this story is an uproarious account of a Russian gun-maker seeking technical and artistic mastery over his British counterparts.